Ti Piace Hitchcock? (2005, ITA) C-97m. *** D: Dario Argento. Starring Elio Germano, Chiara Conti, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Cristina Brondo, Iván Morales, Edoardo Stoppa. Germani plays a film student in Torino writing his thesis about German expressionist cinema, when he catches himself spying on beautiful neighbor Rocchetti (a la REAR WINDOW). Several days later her mother is found murdered, just after she got to know mysterious Hitchcock adept Conti. Could it be they were inspired by STRANGERS ON THE TRAIN (1951)? Surprisingly well-plotted thriller made for Italian TV, where Argento references his idols Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang, and even himself. Not very violent, but maintains suspense and comes up with twists like in the good old giallo days. Fun for buffs. Rich score by Pino Donaggio. Coscripted by Argento and Franco Ferrini, executive produced by Dario's brother Claudio Argento. English title: DO YOU LIKE HITCHCOCK?

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